A brand new marketing campaign’s being launched by Public Well being England to get extra underneath 25s to make use of condoms to stop sexually transmitted infections spreading.
It is the primary authorities sexual well being marketing campaign in eight years.
It comes as a survey carried out by PHE and YouGov revealed virtually half of 16-24-year-olds have by no means used a condom with a brand new associate.
One in 10 of them had by no means even used one.
STIs could cause infertility, pelvic inflammatory illness, swollen or painful testicles and even meningitis.
Public Well being England and YouGov spoke to greater than than 2,000 16-24-year-olds about their sexual well being.
The principle motive for not utilizing a condom was as a result of they stated intercourse felt higher with out one.
Jordan, who’s 19 and from Wrexham, admits he solely makes use of them round “half the time”.
Picture caption Jordan admits he is slept with women for the primary time with out utilizing a condom
He instructed Newsbeat that being drunk was one of many causes he hadn’t used one with a brand new associate.
“Drink positively has an impact, as a result of while you’re drunk, you are extra careless.”
The ballot discovered half the individuals who admitted to not utilizing a condom had carried out so when drunk.
Jordan’s housemate Lydia admits she’s extra cautious when sober.
Picture caption Lydia says when she’s drunk she’s much less prone to practise protected intercourse
However she provides the sensation is “not as good” when a associate makes use of a condom.
Each admit to feeling responsible the day after having unprotected intercourse and have visited an STI clinic to get examined.
Different causes given for not utilizing a condom throughout intercourse included one of many couple being on the capsule or having a contraceptive implant.
That is one thing pupil Ellie says is widespread.
The 20-year-old admits some males she’s slept with are much more fearful about getting her pregnant than getting an STI.
Picture caption Ellie says males she’s slept with are much more involved about being pregnant than STIs
“It is on them then, is not it? If it is a child, it is them too.
“If it is an STI, it is your duty.”
“If a woman’s on the capsule, then it is one other means of claiming ‘you need not use a condom then,'” Jordan provides.
In 2016, there have been greater than 141,000 chlamydia and gonorrhoea diagnoses in folks aged between 15 and 24 in England.
Jesse, who’s 24, instructed Newsbeat he contracted each as a result of he did not use a condom.
Picture caption Jesse admits he used to sleep round and did not use safety
“It wasn’t a pleasant expertise. They prompted ache in my groin and discomfort when urinating.
“The worst of it although was having to inform my earlier and present sexual associate that I had contracted the STIs, so additionally they wanted to get checked and handled.
Signs range however some, like chlamydia, might not even present any.
“I had signs, however I do know there are such a lot of individuals who do not have signs,” says Jesse.
“Now when having intercourse with somebody new I’ll positively use a condom.”
Medical doctors are fearful as a result of gonorrhoea is changing into more and more immune to antibiotics, and will turn out to be untreatable sooner or later.
GP Dr Sara Kayat says the one option to keep away from getting an STI is to make use of a condom.
Picture caption Dr Sara Kayat is supporting Public Well being England’s marketing campaign
“While many STIs are symptomless, contracting them can have critical well being penalties if left untreated and even result in infertility.
“As I inform sufferers in my clinic each week, it is simply not price placing your self in danger by not utilizing a condom.”
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